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[af-uh-nahyt] /ˈæf əˌnaɪt/
noun, Petrography.
a fine-grained igneous rock having such compact texture that the constituent minerals cannot be detected with the naked eye.
Origin of aphanite
1860-65; < Greek aphan(ḗs) unseen, hidden, invisible (a- a-6 + phanēs, adj. derivative of phaínein to bring to light, disclose) + -ite1
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[af-uh-nit-ik] /ˌæf əˈnɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for aphanitic


any fine-grained rock, such as a basalt, containing minerals that cannot be distinguished with the naked eye
Word Origin
C19: from Greek aphanēs invisible
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aphanitic in Science
Of or relating to an igneous rock in which the crystals are so fine that individual minerals cannot be distinguished with the naked eye. Aphanitic rocks are extrusive rocks that cooled so quickly that crystal growth was inhibited. Compare phaneritic.
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